The call for speakers is now open for MD&M Minneapolis 2024, covering all aspects of medical device design and manufacturing. Enter to speak in the hub of medical device design before the April 18 deadline.

Naomi Price

March 25, 2024

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Boston Scientific's Brad Sutton delivers a keynote at MD&M Minneapolis 2023 on the company's Watchman Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Closure device.
Brad Sutton, Boston Scientific's chief medical officer for AF solutions, delivers a keynote at MD&M Minneapolis 2023 on the evolution of the company's Watchman Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Closure device.Image credit: MD&M Minneapolis / Informa Markets

The Twin Cities region has long been a hot spot of medical technology, with a deep talent pool, healthy startup ecosystem, and long list of innovative companies. Minnesota is home to 3M, Medtronic, Mayo Clinic, and Biomerics, among other leading companies and organizations.

One of the best ways to get in front of the engineers, researchers, managers, and executives involved in all aspects of medical device design and manufacturing in this hot spot is to submit your proposal to speak at MD&M Minneapolis, happening at the Minneapolis Convention Center October 16-17, 2024.

The MD&M Minneapolis Conference provides medical device design professionals with valuable education and networking opportunities. Speaking proposals are being accepted for technical sessions, panel discussions, and case studies in the MD&M Conference, Medtech Theater, and also the Engineering Theater, serving the automation, design & manufacturing, packaging, and plastics communities. The deadline for speaking proposals is April 18.

MD&M Conference tracks

Tracks for the MD&M Conference cover the full medical device design and manufacturing cycle:

Medical regulatory & quality requirements

Keeping current with medical regulatory and quality requirements is an essential foundation to all device design and manufacturing. This track keeps you current with existing, new, and upcoming FDA and EU medical standards and requirements, and analyzes the impact those will have to your design and manufacturing processes.

Call for speaker topics for this track include:

  • ISO 13485: What do medical device manufacturers need to know?

  • EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR)

  • Laboratory developed tests (LDTs)

  • Quality management system regulation (QMSR) harmonization

  • Homecare and diagnostic devices

  • Sterilization

Medical Digital Design: AI, UI/UX, Security & Human Factors

Medical devices must function extremely accurately, be usable in many situations by a wide variety of people, and make use of the latest data management tools. Strict guidelines for patient information security must also be met. This track will cover best practices for the growing uses of artificial intelligence (AI), user interface and user experience design, and planning for the requirements of safety, cybersecurity, and data regulations.

Call for speaker topics for this track include:

  • AI in data management, diagnostics, and health management

  • Cybersecurity and interoperability of medical devices

  • Software as a Medical Device (SaMD)

  • Digital therapeutics

  • Human factors engineering (HFE)

  • Verification validation

Medical device R&D and implementation

Medical devices need to meet standards and regulatory requirements, security needs, and UI/UX best practices in a package that uses preferred and sustainable materials and manufacturing methods. The challenge is to research and develop creative designs that are comfortable and practical to use, and economical to manufacture. This track will look at ways to meet the latest medical device design challenges while also speeding the design and implementation process.

Call for speaker topics for this track include:

  • Next-gen materials and how to best use them

  • Using AI and machine learning to improve design

  • Sustainability options, including reusability, recyclability, and end-of-life considerations

Innovation in medical manufacturing
Challenge drives innovation, bringing about novel new ways of accelerating medical manufacturing for a wide variety of products. This track will focus on the latest advancements in medical device manufacturing and how those can best be implemented in future product development.

Call for speaker topics for this track include:

  • Contract manufacturing

  • Cobots and current OSHA regulations

  • 3D printing, injection molding, and micro molding

  • Supply chain complexities

  • Robotics and automation

  • Sensors and AI in medical manufacturing

Medical electronics

Medical electronics enable such devices as pacemakers, defibrillators, drug-releasing pumps, hearing aids, and diagnostic equipment. These products depend upon highly reliable electronic assemblies that must meet demanding medical industry standards. This track will focus on the range of electrical, electromechanical, and software systems used to make these advanced medical devices.

Call for speaker topics for this track include:

  • AI for health management

  • Device hardware

  • Operating systems

  • FDA regulations

  • Housing and packaging

  • Wearables and sensors

3D printing and additive manufacturing for medical devices

3D printing has proven to be a valuable tool for both clinical and research-based healthcare activities and is rapidly expanding into production applications. From speeding medical device R&D to enabling point-of-care manufacturing, the applications of 3D printing are growing rapidly. This track will explore the many applications for 3D printing and how it can improve your workflow now.

Call for speaker topics for this track include:

  • 3D printing applications in R&D

  • Materials options and uses

  • Micro 3D printing

  • Generative design

  • Production 3D printing

  • Patient impact of 3D printing

Questions? Feel free to email Conference Director Naomi Price ahead of the April 18 deadline at [email protected].

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